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Feature: Learn a Language for 2014

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Following on from the success of the Learn a Language programme in the first semester, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham will be launching a new set of language classes from 20th January. Staff, students and members of the public can study German, Spanish, British Sign Language (BSL) and French at beginners level; BSL and Italian at pre-intermediate level; conversational French and advanced English during the lunchtime and evening sessions. Dermot Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Management Studies at St Mary’s, has been studying French and gives an insight into the programme. Having learned Irish in primary school and French and Latin in high school, Dermot has had a bit of practice with the language, often using the lingo while travelling as well as in management roles in the hotel industry where there were “frequent opportunities” to converse with French-speaking guests. But now he wanted to extend his knowledge of the subject. The classes are undertaken in a relaxed atmosphere, with emphasis on conversation rather than exams. This was an element of the course that Dermot enjoyed, particularly the discussions of French new wave cinema (Nouvelle Vague) and French culture. Dermot is now looking forward to using what he has learnt on his future travels to French-speaking countries. He added, “The course would suit anyone with a basic grounding in French grammar who wants to improve their vocabulary and conversational ability through convivial dialogue with other learners.” If you want to join the Learn a Language programme, or want to find out more information, please visit the webpage.
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